The Japanese Friendship Garden is a learning institution that provides meaningful cultural programming to foster better understanding of Japanese culture. These programs connect our visitors to a world view that emphasizes values not typically valued in our own culture. Our goal is to utilize our resources and make more accessible to benefit the community. JFGSD cultural programs are more intentional and purposeful about accommodating the lifelong learning needs of people. We offer these programs with the idea that an individual who get a glimpse of another culture will have their interest peaked and they will want to learn more about other cultures. In a global society, it is important to have understanding of other cultures. While technology and commerce are connecting people from different continents, these tools do not create an understanding of, or appreciation for, differing world views. By attending our classes and workshops and being expose to Japanese culture, approximately 5,000 individuals will increase their interest in learning other cultures, thus increasing their tolerance to diversity.
The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to create a Japanese-style garden dedicated to the well-being of all people which provides educational programs that encourage understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures.
The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its Japanese sister city Yokohama. It binds together the two cultures to create a unique experience for visitors from all over the world. While the JFGSD’s design is guided by traditional Japanese garden principles it also takes into account the local landscape and climate. The JFGSD includes a bonsai exhibit, a rock garden, beautiful black pine trees, a cherry blossom tree grove and a priceless koi collection.
The Japanese Friendship Garden has not fully developed its population awareness in San Diego despite its location in Balboa Park. As a result our programs not well attended in relation to the population.
Inadequate Space for the JFGSD artifacts
The limited space for artifacts has hindered the JFGSD to accept valuable donations for our exhibitions. We are in the process of doing inventory of our current collection to repatriate or sell objects that are not museum collection. We are still searching for available environmentally designed off site storage to store our larger objects.
Attracting Professional Staff
The JFGSD is always in need of additional staffing support especially a fund development person. Most of our staffing budget is allocated to our programs. We strive to grow and flourish to become a premiere garden in United States. We are hoping to expand our staff upon completion of our master plan.
As an institution in the Park, the JFGSD feels that formingpartnerships among institutions with a broad range of services has so much potential. It is essential to explore and discover the scopes of services and partnerships we could offer to the public. The JFGSD has representation in various park committees such as the Balboa Park Online Collaboration, Balboa Park Security, Balboa Park Educational Council(BPEC), Balboa Park Promotions, Central Balboa Park Assembly and a Board member of Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. The JFGSD continues to collaborate with San Diego Art Institute to developed fusion programs such as art box, “fusion” memberships and arts pack. The JFGSD partners with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership by providing resources such as venue and staff support for Balboa Park Learning Institute seminars and participating in collective business operation. The JFGSD participates in park wide events such family day eventsand partners with various institutions exhibitions and cultural activities.
In addition, the JFGSD participates in reciprocal admission withAmerican Horticultural Society (AHS) and other museums such as the Midway Museum, New Children’s Museum, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. The JFGSD holds the annual Cherry BlossomFestival and invite community organizations to participate. The JFGSD provides educational programs in collaboration with various institutions and organizations such as the San Diego Bonsai Society, Koi Club Society, Ikebana International and museums in Balboa Park.
Luanne Kanzawa is the Executive Director of theJapanese Friendship GardenSociety of San Diego. Luanne holds many responsibilities in order to maintain the sustainability of the Garden. Over the years the Garden has grown and expanded its programs. She ensures that the organization’s programs and activities are implemented efficiently,as effectively as possible and relevant to the mission and vision of theorganization. Luanne’s extensive background in nonprofit leadership and management provides direction and support for the Japanese Friendship Garden Board and staff. Her vision for the Garden is to become a premiere Japanese Garden with a national learning center in United States and become a fully accredited museum. Luanne is an advocate for change and continues to set high standards for the organization to maintain best practices of an accredited museum.
Luanne currently serves on the Balboa Park Committee and anactive member of Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. Luanne is also a member of North American Japanese Gardens Association, International Japanese Garden Association, American Association of Museums, Museums Educators of Southern California and American Public Gardens Association. Luanne Kanzawa earned her Master in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of San Diego. Luanneconsulted and conducted an Internal Control Assessment for Center for Community Solutions, conducted a research study for San Diego County Education Department at Camp Barrett and developed a feasibility study for Mama’s Kitchen to name a few of her nonprofit experience. She continues to progress her passion working for nonprofit organizations and her enthusiasm for serving the community.
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